Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 12, 2019

Aug. 12, 2019

Japan-Backed Factory in South Georgia Aims to Offset Glass Bottle Imports

Trevor Williams reports that Arglass Yamamura LLC, a joint venture between a New York investment firm and a Japanese glass manufacturer, is investing $123 million to build a new plant in south Georgia with the goal of hiring 150 people, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office announced Thursday. Site work on the plant in Valdosta is already under way with the startup of the furnace set for the end of next year.


Aug. 12, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Support for tech students

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Foundation recently received a $45,000 donation from West Point-based Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) to support students in the state’s technical colleges. A portion of the donation will be applied to TCSG’s Last Mile Fund, which provides support to students who would otherwise not be able to continue their education because of financial barriers.


Aug. 12, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mining proposal raises concerns about future of Okefenokee Swamp

Nedra Rhone reports that Chip Campbell has been paddling the swamp at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge since he was a young boy and his dad would take him to indulge his passion for alligators. Twenty years ago, he and his wife settled in for good as proprietors of Okefenokee Adventures, through which he shares his wonder of the nation’s largest blackwater swamp with visitors from around the world.


Aug. 12, 2019 PCOM – South Georgia

Gov. Kemp Cuts Ribbon to Open PCOM South Georgia

Staff reports that close to 700 people who have a stake in the opening of PCOM South Georgia came to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly constructed 75,000-square-foot facility to witness Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp lend his support to the first four year medical school to locate in the Southwest Georgia region.


Aug. 12, 2019 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern students go ‘bananas’ for local baseball team, create new merchandise concepts

Staff reports that fans at home games of the Savannah Bananas baseball team have a new, appealing way to stay cool on sweltering Savannah days thanks to the creativity of several Georgia Southern University Parker College of Business students. Rachel Hart, Jessica Longoria and Katie Hillery were the brains behind the Fanana, a battery-operated misting fan that Savannah Bananas fans can use to keep cool during games.


Aug. 12, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New hotel planned near Home Depot HQ

Amy Wenk reports that a new hotel is proposed in Cobb County near the headquarters of Home Depot Inc. The project would come to a roughly 3-acre site at 2675 Cumberland Parkway, according to documents submitted to Cobb County’s community development agency.


Aug. 12, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Storm-tossed forests fuel biomass energy push

Jill Nolin reports, within these thickets are a slew of trees that remain keeled over or snapped in two, just as Hurricane Michael left them nearly 10 months ago. It’s this slow recovery that prompted Jason Shaw, Georgia’s newest public utility regulator appointed last year by former Gov. Nathan Deal, to nudge his colleagues on the state Public Service Commission to require Georgia Power to expand its capacity to convert trees and other organic material into so-called biomass energy.


Aug. 12, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Savannah Culinary Institute receives $300,000 gift

Staff reports that part of the Savannah Technical College’s planned downtown culinary institute will bear the name of longtime Savannah hospitality leaders, the late David Sovchen and his wife, Maura. Sovchen’s widow, Maura, and her sons, Christopher and Alexander, donated $300,000 to the Savannah Technical College Foundation to name the demonstration kitchen in the soon-to-be-open Bay Street facility as the Maura and David Sovhen Demonstration Kitchen at the Savannah Culinary Institute.


Aug. 12, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia gun legislation targets domestic violence offenders

Sandy Hodson reports, as debates rise across the country in the wake of mass shootings, Georgia legislators will have the opportunity next year to take guns away from people guilty of violence against intimate partners. Senate Bill 150 passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee this year but stalled when gun rights lobbyists spoke against it.


Aug. 12, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Republicans push $10M ‘mojo’ plan to defend Georgia House

Greg Bluestein reports, as Democrats step up plans to flip the Georgia House, state Republicans unveiled their own initiative Monday to keep the chamber in GOP hands. The GOP Majority Outreach – known as GOPMojo – has a goal of spending $10 million on roughly 30 of the state’s most competitive House seats to help Republicans defend a narrowing 105-75 advantage in the chamber.


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